Definition of first night in English:

first night

noun

  • The first public performance of a play or show.

    as modifier ‘first-night nerves’
    • ‘The adult first-night audience of Peter Pan, told to clap if they believed in fairies, applauded thunderously: it was the birth of modern escapist entertainment.’
    • ‘There were perhaps inevitably some first-night nerves last night, but these were overcome by an excellent display of team spirit.’
    • ‘Occasional first-night glitches were far outweighed by the spirit of the acting.’
    • ‘We were invited to the first-night party, but were both tired.’
    • ‘Certainly the first-night audience was taken by surprise, excited to uproar by the violent rhythms of Stravinsky's music and Nijinsky's choreography.’
    • ‘The opera was hugely popular with its first-night audience.’
    • ‘I usually have a "feeling" of how a first night will go - and this time I was not mistaken in it.’
    • ‘The first-night crowd erupted as expected, but a conductor's success cannot be measured in decibels of applause.’
    • ‘On the first night of this run, the Royal Ballet reached its 750th performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House.’
    • ‘The young and the beautiful are out in force at the first-night party.’
    • ‘We had a record breaking 57 curtain calls on the first night.’
    • ‘Bailey's first-night performance was wonderful, though unevenly paced, picking up speed and hilarity with an elaborate riff about the Holy Trinity.’
    • ‘On stage, Solti grew so excited that he rang BBC bosses and begged them to attend the first night.’
    • ‘I was there at the premiere and it was the first time I knew I'd been present at the creation of a masterwork - although I'd been at the first night of Peter Grimes too!’
    • ‘The play begins a five-night run at the Hawk's Well Theatre tonight at 8pm and while first-night nerves might be par-for-the-course, so is a quality production full of vibrant energy.’
    • ‘The first people in the theatre, they walked out - but after the first night, there were lines around the theatre, they sold out the mezzanine.’
    • ‘The first-night audience kept applauding after the house lights came up, and there can be few greater compliments.’
    • ‘Yet 99 percent of the first-night audience, drunk on bravura, stood up and screamed its delight.’
    • ‘I can also say that the terrifically funny Pythonesque sequences had the first-night audience hooting and gasping.’
    opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, opening night, premiere, first showing
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Pronunciation

first night

/ˈfərs(t) ˈnīt//ˈfərs(t) ˈnaɪt/